8:54am Tuesday 22nd January 2013
A LANDMARK metal factory dramatically clad in steel has been designed by a Bolton firm of architects.
The PP Plasma factory is earmarked for a high-profile site in Manchester, based on ideas drawn-up by Bolton’s Bradshaw Gass & Hope.
PP Plasma is currently based in Salford but is building a new £3 million factory in east Manchester, near the Manchester City stadium. And the company will create the vast metal structure for its new home.
Bradshaw Gass & Hope, in Silverwell Street, has done previous work for PP Plasma’s Salford site.
The new factory will have a distinctive metal roof and a glass side, providing a glimpse of its work to passers-by. It will also have special lighting, sound proofing and staff gym, all designed by the Bolton firm.
PP Plasma specialises in cutting, bending and welding services for industry, including the aerospace, sea, railway, defence, nuclear, construction, car and scientific sectors.
David Hamer, architectural partner at Bradshaw Gass & Hope, said: “We helped PP Plasma look at different sites and found one in Ashton Old Road, Gorton, near the Etihad Stadium and Manchester City academy site.
“It’s a major gateway and the city council wanted some significant architecture. We looked at the idea of creating the building out of a single folded sheet of metal. We didn’t want it to look like other factories.”
Assistant architect James Pass added: “I looked at Cubist ideas and David made a model with folded card. It is a simple structure with a dual-pitched frame. But the roof is unique. It looks complex although it’s simple underneath. The steel sheeting is like glamorous shoulder pads.
“It will be cut by PP Plasma and look like one folded piece because of the site’s shape.
“The factory also has staggered loading bays for outgoing deliveries, which adds to the dramatic appearance. Manchester City Council is really excited about it.”
And bosses from PP Plasma had nothing but praise for the design. Managing director Peter McCabe said: ”The design blew our socks off. It’s brilliant.
“Its glazed side will let the public see the our work and there will also be a staff gym. We’re going for the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ approach.
“We’ve been in business for 16 years and grown rapidly recently. We’ve just had a £9.3 million turnover and expect £16-to-£20million turnover within five years.”
PP Plasma produces a range of engineering, construction and architectural metalwork including drainage, vehicle exhaust systems, fuel tanks, shopfronts, staircases, balustrading and swimming pool fittings.
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